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1. FDA Announces Rules That Could Upend E-Cigarette Industry -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal government on Thursday announced sweeping new regulations for electronic cigarettes that could upend the multibillion-dollar industry and for the first time require e-cigarette makers to submit their products for a safety review.

2. Memphis Barbecue Primer -

IF YOU DON’T GET YOUR BARBECUE HERE, IT DOESN’T MATTER WHERE YOU GET IT. The World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is next week. One of my first columns was about defining barbecue when no definition should be necessary. Sadly, we’ve slipped further and further down a saucy slope and basic definitions are required again.

3. Crazy About Triathlons Or Just Crazy? -

Nikki Balderson is a 38-year-old wife and mother of three young children – ages 2, 5 and 7. So if you want to make her fit into a tidy little demographic profile, you can do that. From afar.

Up close? Not really who she is. Or more accurately, not only who she is.

4. Bikesmith Evolving Into Community Hangout -

The Bikesmith’s grand opening next week for a patio expansion and a pump track at the 509 N. Hollywood bicycle shop is the latest reflection of Jim Steffen’s longstanding intent to make his business bigger than a place where goods are bought and sold.

5. Startup Teams Announced for ‘Summer Of Acceleration’ -

Monday, May 2, marked Day One of Memphis’ first “summer of acceleration,” a joint program of seven startup accelerators running concurrently that have collectively drawn the participation of 18 startup teams and dozens of founders hailing from as far away as Slovenia and Israel.

6. FDA Effort Aims to Curb Smoking in LGBT Community -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Food and Drug Administration's latest anti-smoking campaign takes aim at young adults in the LGBT community, who officials say are nearly twice as likely to use tobacco as their peers.

7. FDA Reconsiders Training Requirements for Painkillers -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Food and Drug Administration is reconsidering whether doctors who prescribe painkillers like OxyContin should be required to take safety training courses, according to federal documents.

8. Whole Foods Exec: No Tattoo Shops Planned for New Chain Yet -

NEW YORK (AP) – Whole Foods is prepping for the launch of its hipster new grocery chain. But shoppers won't be able to get a tattoo with their cheese just yet.

The company says its "365" chain will have a minimalist layout, affordable prices and third-party vendors who set up shop inside the stores. That generated fanfare earlier this year when Bloomberg noted the chain's website said the vendors might include sellers of body care products, record shops and even tattoo parlors.

9. The Week Ahead: May 2-8 -

So, you think this is the “off-week” of the Memphis In May International Festival – the gap between the Beale Street Music Festival and the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. But, while Tom Lee Park gets a breather, there are plenty of cultural experiences to soak up across Memphis. Here's our weekly roundup of local happenings you need to know about...

10. Learning Garden Initiative Calling for Applications -

The Kitchen Community Memphis is now accepting summer/fall 2016 applications for the Learning Garden Initiative within the Achievement School District, Jubilee Catholic Schools and Shelby County Schools.

11. Memphis Attractions Touted at MCVB Tourism Party -

To kick off tourism season, the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau will host a tourism “Party in the Park” where more than 50 Memphis attractions will be on hand with interactive booths and giveaways. Food trucks will be selling food and there will be live music. Admission is free and open to the public. The Party in the Park will take place Tuesday, May 3, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Downtown’s Court Square

12. McDonald's Tests McNuggets Without Artificial Additives -

NEW YORK (AP) – Like the indestructible Twinkie, Chicken McNuggets are practically a culinary punchline, a symbol of hyper-processed fast food with a list of ingredients that reads like a chemistry exam. But now McDonald's wants to take at least some of the mystery substances out.

13. Learning Garden Initiative Calling for Applications -

The Kitchen Community Memphis is now accepting summer/fall 2016 applications for the Learning Garden Initiative within the Achievement School District, Jubilee Catholic Schools and Shelby County Schools.

14. Events -

Memphis College of Art will host an MFA Open House for prospective students on Friday, April 29, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Nesin Graduate School, 477 S. Main St. The event will take place concurrently with an opening reception for “Hueman: MFA Thesis Exhibition.” Visit mca.edu.

15. Events -

Our Fallen Heroes Foundation will hold its inaugural “A Toast to Our Heroes” fundraiser Wednesday, April 27, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Tower Center atop Clark Tower, 5100 Poplar Ave., 33rd floor. The event will feature a wine tasting, silent auction, wine pull and more. Tickets are $65. Visit ourfallenheroesfoundation.org.

16. Ikea: 'Everything's on Track' for New Memphis Store -

A construction crew of nearly 500 is at work turning what is now a steel frame into Tennessee’s first Ikea store. This week, the crew began installing Ikea’s trademark cobalt-blue walls on the western edge of what will be a self-serve warehouse.

17. Events -

SRVS will host a free dance and movement class for the general public, including people with disabilities, on Tuesday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to noon at the J.K. Lewis Senior Center, 1188 North Parkway. Participants must be 18 or older. Email astrid.french@srvs.org to register.

18. West Cancer Teams Up With Ovarian Cancer Foundation -

West Cancer Center and the Ovarian Cancer Awareness Foundation have announced a fundraising partnership to include the annual Ovarian Cancer Awareness 5K Teal Run and Walk with the West Fight On Cycle, Run, Walk event on Sept. 17 at Shelby Farms Park.

19. Bring It Food Hub Rebrands, Expands -

The Mid-South multi-farm community-supported agriculture nonprofit Bring It Food Hub is reaping a harvest of growth and new offerings.

An affiliate of Memphis Tilth, Bring It Food Hub distributes local produce and farm products in the Memphis area. In addition to weekly produce shares, the venture will offer add-on shares during the summer 2016 season that include locally grown and sourced bread, eggs, cheese and fresh-cut flowers.

20. Focusing on Financial Literacy -

Teaching Memphians how to manage money is of vital importance to helping our community members achieve their personal and financial goals. April is Financial Literacy Month – a national initiative offering an opportunity for individuals to learn how to adopt effective financial strategies.

21. Events -

Morton Museum of Collierville History will host an opening reception for “Portrait of Collierville: 1940-1945,” featuring research by 63 St. George’s Independent School students, on Thursday, April 21, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 196 N. Main St. in Collierville. The students’ research centered on the ways Collierville contributed to the World War II effort and was affected by the war. Visit colliervillemuseum.org.

22. FDA Campaign Takes Aim at Chewing Tobacco Use by Rural Teens -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Government health officials will team up with minor league baseball as part of a new $36 million campaign to discourage rural teenagers from using chewing tobacco.

Baseball stadiums will feature the campaign's central message this summer – "smokeless doesn't mean harmless" – via advertising and promotions with players. Ads will also run on local television, radio and online in 35 markets across the U.S., including cities in Michigan, Montana, South Carolina and Tennessee.

23. West Cancer Teams Up With Ovarian Cancer Foundation -

West Cancer Center and the Ovarian Cancer Awareness Foundation have announced a fundraising partnership to include the annual Ovarian Cancer Awareness 5K Teal Run and Walk with the West Fight On Cycle, Run, Walk event on Sept. 17 at Shelby Farms Park.

24. Events -

Creative Aging will host its 2016 Senior Fun Day on Thursday, April 21, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Memphis Jewish Community Center, 6560 Poplar Ave. Enjoy refreshments, manicures and a variety of games. Tickets are $5 cash or check at the door. Visit creativeagingmidsouth.org.

25. Lisa’s Lunchbox Pursues Steady Growth -

Lisa Clay is cooking up an expansion-fueled future to go along with the sandwiches, smoothies and other staples of her nearly 10-year-old Lisa’s Lunchbox restaurant concept.

26. Bring It Food Hub Rebrands, Expands -

The Mid-South multi-farm community-supported agriculture nonprofit Bring It Food Hub is reaping a harvest of growth and new offerings.

An affiliate of Memphis Tilth, Bring It Food Hub distributes local produce and farm products in the Memphis area. In addition to weekly produce shares, the venture will offer add-on shares during the summer 2016 season that include locally grown and sourced bread, eggs, cheese and fresh-cut flowers.

27. Events -

Start Co. will offer small-business mentoring sessions Tuesday, April 19, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. This free program offers one-on-one counseling about starting or managing a small business. Visit memphislibrary.org for details.

28. Lenny’s Serving Up More Locations This Year -

A few months into fresh leadership at the top, Memphis-based sandwich chain Lenny’s Sub Shop is embarking on a growth plan it’s cooked up that includes everything from new restaurant locations to updated mobile and online ordering offerings.

29. Lay Off The Sauce, Maker Says -

LONDON (AP) — Mars Food, the maker of Dolmio and Uncle Ben's, says some of its sauces will soon carry labels suggesting they should be eaten only occasionally - a decision praised by health campaigners seeking to reduce the amount of salt, sugar and fat in processed food.

30. The Week Ahead: April 18-24 -

Let’s get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from the dreaded federal income tax filing day, to the scheduled end of the Tennessee Legislature for this session, to a couple of big round-ball games at FedExForum beginning Friday.

31. Monogram Foods Acquires Progressive Gourmet -

Memphis-based Monogram Foods has acquired Progressive Gourmet. The Wilmington, MA-based company bakes and supplies appetizers to chains like Marriott, Hilton Hotels & Resorts and Kroger.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

32. Events -

The Bo-Keys will perform an album release concert for “Heartache by the Number,” on Thursday, April 21, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, 926 E. McLemore Ave. Admission is $10 at the door. Visit staxmuseum.com for details.

33. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will hold the Spring’s Best Plant Sale on Friday and Saturday, April 15-16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 750 Cherry Road. MBG’s largest sale of the year features a wide assortment of plants plus specialty garden items by local artisans. Admission is free. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

34. R.I.P. Sears Laurelwood -

DOUG, JANICE, SUSAN, PETE, DAD. AND SEARS. Doug Ford – two-time major winner and golf Hall of Famer – is 93, and coincidently that’s what I shot at Ridgeway last week.
Janice was a high school girlfriend, and she liked her horse a lot more than me. Susan was a junior-high girlfriend, or whatever you are when you’re 12, and our relationship was worth peanuts. Pete was my best friend, and just about the coolest things we’d ever seen were vending machines that served hot food and Cokes in cups. My father believed in my mother, the United States Navy and Sears – because whatever story he was telling or advice he was giving, at least one and probably all three got in the conversation.

35. Events -

Teach901 will hold a job fair Thursday, April 14, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, 800 East Parkway S. More than 30 school operators are hiring for more than 200 available positions for the 2016-2017 academic year. For details and to register, visit teach901.com.

36. Grizzlies Playoff Tickets Go on Sale Wednesday -

With the Golden State Warriors shooting for their NBA record-shattering 73rd win against the Grizzlies on Wednesday, April 13, in Oakland, the 9:30 p.m. game has been picked up by ESPN.

Regardless of the outcome, the Grizzlies are in the playoffs although their seeding is still unknown. What is certain is that the Grizzlies will play their first two playoff games on the road.

37. Monogram Foods Acquires Progressive Gourmet -

Memphis-based Monogram Foods has acquired Progressive Gourmet. The Wilmington, Mass.-based company bakes and supplies appetizers to chains like Marriott, Hilton Hotels & Resorts and Kroger.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

38. Events -

Memphis Child Advocacy Center will host its annual children’s memorial flag-raising on Wednesday, April 13, at noon on Civic Center Plaza outside Memphis City Hall, 125 N. Main St. The ceremony remembers Shelby County kids who have died as a result of abuse or neglect. Visit memphiscac.org.

39. The Daily News Claims 3 First Place TAPME Awards -

The Daily News took top honors in business reporting and editorials in the 2016 Tennessee Associated Press Broadcasters and Media Editors Awards.

The awards for reporting in 2015 were announced Saturday, April 9, during a ceremony in Nashville.

40. Events -

ArtsMemphis will hold a free workshop for organizations interested in Arts Build Communities grants on Tuesday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Hattiloo Theatre, 37 S. Cooper St. The grants are open to nonprofits and government entities seeking funding for artistic and cultural projects that benefit the community. Visit tn.gov for details.

41. The Week Ahead: April 11-17 -

Let’s get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from New Memphis Institute's popular “Memphis 101” crash course to the music- and culture-filled Africa in April festival.

42. Subaru Raises Nearly $17K for MIFA Meals on Wheels -

A partnership between MIFA and Jim Keras Subaru has resulted in a $5,000 grant to MIFA from Meals on Wheels America and an $11,880 donation from Jim Keras Subaru for participation in Subaru’s “Share the Love” event.

43. Events -

Hollywood Feed and the North Shore Animal League will host the Overton Bark Adoption Tour on Sunday, April 10, from noon to 3 p.m. in Overton Park’s Overton Bark Dog Park, 2080 Poplar Ave. Attendees can meet pets available for adoption, preview dog treats from Hollywood Feed’s soon-to-open Midtown bakery, and learn how to support Overton Bark through the “Give Your Dog a Bone” campaign. Visit overtonpark.org.

44. Cooper Street 20/20 Brings Dinner Into Focus -

It’s one thing to want to prepare a healthy home-cooked meal in the evenings. It’s a different thing entirely to actually accomplish that meal after a long day at work or dealing with getting kids from activity to activity.
Hello frozen dinners and restaurant take out. Fast, yes, but not exactly healthy.

45. Events -

ArtsMemphis will hold a free workshop for organizations interested in Arts Build Communities grants on Tuesday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Hattiloo Theatre, 37 S. Cooper St. The grants are open to nonprofits and government entities seeking funding for artistic and cultural projects that benefit the community. Visit tn.gov for details.

46. Last Word: Pastner's Georgia Tech Post-Season, Who Filed and Greensward Invitations -

Not so fast with the off-season. There is a Memphis post-season after all.

And the Grizz found it Thursday like a light at the end of a long-tunnel where a lot of people slipped and fell and can’t get up.
The light was Houston flaming out at home to Phoenix without the Grizzlies having to make a basket.
It’s all about the math. Stay in school, young people.

47. Dragon Boat Races Set for May 21 -

Preparations are under way for the fifth annual Dragon Boat Races sponsored by Duncan-Williams Inc., set for May 21 at Mud Island River Park.

48. Subaru Raises Nearly $17K for MIFA Meals on Wheels -

A partnership between MIFA and Jim Keras Subaru has resulted in a $5,000 grant to MIFA from Meals on Wheels America and an $11,880 donation from Jim Keras Subaru for participation in Subaru’s “Share the Love” event.

49. Events -

Urban Earth Garden Center will host an educational seminar on container gardening Saturday, April 9, at 9:30 a.m. at 1 p.m. at Urban Earth, 80 Flicker St. The hour-long class on growing flowering plants in containers is geared toward both beginning and veteran gardeners. Cost is free. Call 901-323-0031.

50. Pop-Up Retail Concept Housed in Shipping Containers -

A local entrepreneur is looking to bring an innovative marketplace made out of shipping containers to Memphis.

“It’s like a real shopping mall but for pop-up shops,” said Brian Christion, who recently returned to Memphis after a real estate career in New York City.

51. Daughter of Duality, Gibbs is Building a Better Justice System -

Say you stole a television worth $300. How long should you be punished? A year? Five years? Whatever you answered, it probably wasn’t “for the rest of your life.” But that’s how the U.S. legal system currently treats many people who have been convicted of felonies.

52. Events -

Metal Museum will host Whet Thursday on April 7 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 374 Metal Museum Drive. Attendees can participate in a foundry class, tour the galleries, and enjoy food trucks, cash bar and live music. Cost is free. Visit metalmuseum.org.

53. Study Launches to Analyze Memphis' Creative Community -

One of the goals of Memphis’ EPIcenter entrepreneurship organization is to make sure the focus and discussions around supporting local entrepreneurs are inclusive and take time to contemplate non-traditional demographics.

54. Southland Mall Sells In Foreclosure -

1215 E. Shelby Drive
Memphis, TN 38116
Sale Amount: $4.3 million

Sale Date: March 31, 2016
Buyer: 1215 East Shelby Drive Holdings LLC
Seller: Southland Mall Shopping Center LLC
Details: Southland Mall, Memphis’ first enclosed mall when it opened 50 years ago, has sold for $4.3 million in foreclosure.

55. New Restaurant, Venue Coming to Highland Strip -

The Bluff, a new music venue and restaurant, is headed to the Highland Strip.

The 5,952-square-foot space will include two downstairs bars, a large stage and green room, a 1,300-square-foot mezzanine with an additional bar, outdoor patio seating area adjacent to the stage and a second patio on the Highland Strip.

56. Gaskins Leads Engineering Office -

Wain Gaskins has joined consulting engineering firm Cannon & Cannon Inc. as manager of the company’s new Memphis office as well as director of West Tennessee operations and business development. 

57. Feds Support Local Farmers -

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has named Memphis as part of an initiative to bolster the supply chain for local food systems. The project, dubbed Food LINC, improves access to locally grown foods by connecting farmers connect directly with consumers. Memphis is one of ten cities participating in the federal program.

58. Statewide Demand Outstrips Supply of Qualified Workers -

Tennessee is surging as a major manufacturing state, bouncing back from the Great Recession by attracting billions of dollars in new investment and creating thousands of new – and often very high-paying – advanced manufacturing jobs.

59. Memphis Farmers Market Opens Season April 2 -

The Memphis Farmers Market again will be open for business starting Saturday, April 2. It will feature more than 70 vendors and is a producer-only market.

The market is open Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Nov. 19. It is located under the pavilion at Central Station at West G.E. Patterson and South Front Street in Downtown.

60. Seafood Nutrition Website Shares Memphis Health Info -

The Seafood Nutrition Partnership has launched a new website focused on the Memphis area to encourage individuals to improve their heart health by eating at least two seafood meals a week.

The site, snpmemphis.com, has information about upcoming health events, recipes, an introduction to eating healthy and sharing those habits on social media. There’s also a link to take the Healthy Heart Pledge (seafoodnutrition.org/healthy-heart-pledge.html), which is the partnership’s national pledge to help Americans improve their heart health by eating seafood at least twice a week.

61. Events -

Rhodes College will host the 2016 Brubeck Festival, highlighting the life and work of jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, Friday through Sunday, April 8-10. Highlights include Friday and Sunday performances of jazz musical “The Real Ambassadors” and a Saturday concert with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, MasterSingers Chorale and three of Brubeck’s sons. Visit rhodes.edu/events/music for details.

62. Events -

Opera Memphis will present the 2016 Midtown Opera Festival from Friday, April 1, through Sunday, April 10, with most shows at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. Events include a variety of opera performances, dance and jazz concerts, and more. Schedule and tickets are available at operamemphis.org.

63. 'Fight for 15' Campaign to Target McDonald's Stores April 14 -

NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald's customers stopping in for a Big Mac on the eve of Tax Day may be greeted by demonstrators calling for pay of $15 an hour and a union.

Labor organizers say they're planning another day of strikes and protests exclusively targeting McDonald's stores in dozens of cities on April 14, following similar demonstrations outside a variety of fast-food restaurants a year ago.

64. Audit Questions DHS Children's Food Program Spending -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – An audit of the state Department of Human Services by the Comptroller has called into question management and spending in the children's food program.

Most of the spending questioned in Tuesday's audit involved an $80 million food program intended to provide meals to kids who lack access to nutritious food in Tennessee, according to media outlet reports. It called into question more than 10 percent of the program's annual operating budget.

65. Events -

Memphis Pets Alive will hold its second annual Art Unleashed silent auction Thursday, March 31, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Crosstown Arts, 430 Cleveland St. Admission is $12 at the door and includes access to food and drinks. Visit memphispetsalive.org.

66. Vancouver Features Tastes For All Senses -

Every place has a food.

Canada has poutine. Sure, the country probably has a few other things, too. But Canada has poutine.

And never mind that the gooey mess of fries, gravy and cheese curds actually has origins in Quebec, on the far eastern end of Canada. A few hours into our family’s first visit to Canada in Vancouver – yes, on the far western edge of the country – the first meal had to include poutine.

67. Memphis Farmers Market Opens Season This Weekend -

The Memphis Farmers Market again will be open for business starting Saturday, April 2. It will feature more than 70 vendors and is a producer-only market.

The market is open Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Nov. 19. The market is located under the pavilion at Central Station at West G.E. Patterson and South Front Street in Downtown Memphis.

68. Yellen Stresses That Fed Foresees Gradual Pace of Rate Hikes -

NEW YORK (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that the Fed still envisions only a gradual pace of interest rate increases in light of global pressures that could affect the U.S. economy.

69. Events -

Tennessee Health Management will hold a grand opening for the Behavioral Healthcare Center at Memphis, a geriatric psychiatric facility specializing in the care of seniors 65 and older, on Wednesday, March 30, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the campus of Harbor View Nursing Home, 1505 N. Second St. A ribbon cutting will be followed by tours. Visit thmgt.com/bhc-memphis for details.

70. Last Word: Back to Nashville, Dentistry & Genomes and Living The Fable -

The Memphis traffic is again heavy on the Interstate to Nashville as the Senate state and local government committee meets Tuesday to pick up where it left off with the still-forming version the upper chamber is crafting of the de-annexation bill.

71. New Seafood Nutrition Website Shares Memphis Health Info -

The Seafood Nutrition Partnership has launched a new website focused on the Memphis area to encourage individuals to improve their heart health by eating at least two seafood meals a week.

The site, snpmemphis.com, has information about upcoming health events, recipes, an introduction to eating healthy and sharing those habits on social media. There’s also a link to take the Healthy Heart Pledge (seafoodnutrition.org/healthy-heart-pledge.html), which is the partnership’s national pledge to help Americans improve their heart health by eating seafood at least twice a week.

72. Dodging a Disaster With Volkswagen? -

Next month will mark five years since the first Passat rolled off the assembly line at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen plant. Most anniversaries are a cause for celebration.

But as Chattanoogans blow out the candles on this particular milestone they’ll be hoping that Volkswagen’s diesel emissions troubles will soon be extinguished, too, and that the new SUV model they’ll start producing this year will help VW emerge from the crisis a better and stronger company than before.

73. Events -

Memphis Area Transit Authority will host the final public review meeting for the Midtown Area Connector Alternatives Analysis Study (the MAC) on Monday, March 28, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Memphis Leadership Foundation, 1548 Poplar Ave. This meeting will present the seven recommended Midtown corridor alternatives. Visit macmemphis.com or call 901-722-7119 for details.

74. Last Word: A Cleansing Breath, Urban Child Three Months In and Sugar In South Main -

Let’s all take a deep cleansing breath, away from the mounds of pollen that are amassing in the Memphis spring.
And resolve, however in vain it might be, that the word de-annexation will not be used in our presence at least until Monday – Tuesday if possible.

75. FDA Outlines Standards for Anti-Abuse Generic Painkillers -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal officials are encouraging generic drugmakers to develop painkillers that are harder to abuse, the latest in a string of steps designed to combat abuse of highly-addictive pain drugs like codeine and oxycodone.

76. Events -

SRVS Kids & Families will host  the 20th annual 5K Bunny Run and 1-mile Family Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, March 26, at 9 a.m. in Cancer Survivors Park, 701 Perkins Road Extended. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The event includes a visit by the Easter bunny, egg hunt, music, food trucks and more. Visit bunnyrun.racesonline.com for registration fees and information.

77. Tennessee Comptroller Investigates 2 Food Program Agencies -

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Comptroller's Office is questioning the spending of one agency and the reimbursements claimed by another that participate in food programs to feed low-income children.

78. Food as the Crossover -

Last week, upon experiencing SXSW in my old stomping grounds of Austin, I listened, networked, and ate far more in one concentrated period than I ever thought possible. The sights and tastes were exhilarating, and the opportunities were empowering.

79. Last Word: The De-Annexation Express, Return of The Curb Market and Different Fuel -

When time ran out Wednesday on the state Senate’s state and local government committee in Nashville, de-annexation legislation was still on the tracks as the Tennessee Legislature draws closer to adjournment for the year.

80. Starbucks to Offer Prepaid Cards to Boost Rewards Program -

NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks says it will introduce a prepaid card by the end of the year that lets people earn points for its rewards program.

The Seattle-based company plans to offer the card through Chase and says people would be able to use it wherever Visa is accepted.

81. Events -

Mid-South Association for Financial Professionals will meet Thursday, March 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Regions Bank, 6200 Poplar Ave. Rene Bustamante, staff VP and assistant treasurer of global cash management for FedEx Corp., will present “How to Become a Strategic Treasurer Organization.” Register at midsouthafp.org.

82. TV Series Filming Fuels Growth, Changes at Midtown Eatery -

“Million Dollar Quartet” means major dollars for some Memphis businesses. Erik Proveaux, owner of local restaurant Fuel Café, has been tapped to do on-site catering for the TV series about the birth of rock’n’roll. To meet the increased demand, he’s making some changes to streamline his home base at 1761 Madison Ave.

83. Proponents of Insure TN Enlist Billboards in Fight -

An effort to put pressure on the Tennessee General Assembly to consider Insure Tennessee has made its way to billboards across the state, including three in Shelby County.

The billboards are meant to pressure Tennessee Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, to use her “political clout” to send Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal through the House.

84. The Curb Market's Central Idea: Supporting Local Growers -

Several times a day for the last two weeks, people have been showing up at The Curb Market – Midtown’s new market for locally sourced meat, produce and dairy products – and had to be turned away.

85. FDA Adds Boldest Warning to Most Widely Used Painkillers -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal health regulators will add their strongest warning labels to the most widely used prescription painkillers, part of a multi-pronged government campaign to reverse an epidemic of abuse and death tied to drugs like Vicodin and Percocet.

86. Events -

Tennessee Small Business Development Center will host a workshop on government contracting Thursday, March 24, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Renaissance Business Center, 555 Beale St. The University of Tennessee’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center will teach small-business owners how to successfully compete for government contracts. Cost is free; registration required. Visit tsbdc.org/training for details.

87. Events -

Rhodes College will host Tanisha C. Ford of the University of Massachusetts Amherst for a lecture titled “This Ain’t Yo Mama’s Civil Rights Movement: A New Perspective on the Style Politics of the 1960s” Tuesday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in Blount Auditorium of Buckman Hall on campus, 2000 North Parkway. Free and open to the public. Direct inquiries to Charles McKinney at mckinneyc@rhodes.edu or 901-843-3525.

88. Events -

Livable Memphis will unveil its “Citizens Guide for Improving Your Park” during its monthly Pizza With Planners meeting on Monday, March 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Memphis Leadership Foundation, 1548 Poplar Ave. Copies of the guide will be available for attendees; an online version is slated for later release. Learn more and RSVP at livablememphis.org.

89. The Week Ahead: March 21-27 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from the first Great River Indoor Food Truck Festival to a celebration of late Memphis wrestler Sputnik Monroe.

90. Kellogg: Investigation of Graphic Video Underway -

A criminal investigation is underway after a video surfaced online showing a man urinating on a Kellogg factory assembly line, the company said.

The company says it learned of the video Friday and immediately alerted law enforcement authorities and regulators. A criminal investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Criminal Investigation, the company said.

91. Registration Open for Fairway 5K on April 9 -

The road to the 2016 FedEx St. Jude Classic starts here, with the fourth annual Fairway 5K at 8 a.m. at TPC Southwind.

92. Events -

T.O. Fuller State Park will host its annual Spring Hike on the Discovery Trail Saturday, March 19, at 9:45 a.m. starting at the Visitors Center, 1500 W. Mitchell Road. The moderate, 4.5-mile hike will be followed by a birds of prey program. Cost is free; all ages welcome. For more information, call the park office at 901-543-7581.

93. Five to Watch -

“You can’t live in Memphis without some kind of side hustle, right?” That’s the way former WMC-TV reporter Lauren Squires Ready sees it. Her side hustle, the passion project she’s been pursuing in her free time separate from all the writing, reporting and live shots as an on-air news personality?

94. Americans Pony Up Record $60B Keeping Pets Healthy, Happy -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Americans spent just over $60 billion on their pets last year, a record fueled by a big jump in what owners shelled out for services like grooming, boarding and training.

95. Events -

Memphis Area Master Gardeners will host the Spring Fling plant sale and garden show Friday and Saturday, March 18-19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Farmers Market Big Red Barn at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. The free expo will feature lectures, demos, vendors and children’s activities. Visit memphisareamastergardeners.org.

96. Last Word: Putt and 1969, Fred Smith on Amazon and Ramsey's Departure -

George Howard Putt died in prison sometime last year state prison officials disclosed Wednesday -- far from the brief time he spent in Memphis but never far from the carnage he left behind in the Memphis of 1969.
The bodies of the first two of the five people killed by Putt between Aug. 14 and Sept. 11, 1969 were discovered just days after the murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles by the Manson family dominated national news coverage. Less than a year earlier the Boston Strangler movie was in theaters, creating a sensation about the murders committed by serial killer Albert DeSalvo in Boston just a few years earlier.
Bernalyn and Roy Dumas were strangled by Putt in their home in Cooper-Young and Putt mutilated her body in a way that police homicide detectives still wouldn’t talk about decades later. The bodies were found in separate rooms.
Even with no details other than the names of the victims, the city was quickly spooked by the double murder. So when the body of Leila Jackson was found short of two weeks later, the city’s reaction was a palpable fear in which anyone unknown was to be avoided. Memphians didn’t tarry after work. They went home and bolted the doors.
It got worse as more victims turned up with little in common other than four of the five were women. They were of varying ages. Some were strangled and some were stabbed.
Just about any magazine rack of the day include true crime magazines that by the late 1960s were beginning to look very dated in their lurid noir-like covers teasing the most sensational crime narratives of the day.
They were an intentional contrast to the cover images of youth in bright colors in natural settings in other magazines heralding a new future and youth culture.
The murders in a Southern city, whose 1969 conservatism is hard to describe nearly 50 years later, quickly grabbed the covers of the true crime magazines. And the images they offered spoke to the scenic reality where Putt roamed even as the murders continued.
Apartment buildings and boarding houses were the settings for some of the murders but not all.
Glenda Sue Harden
was last seen walking to her car parked on the Cobblestones from the insurance office she worked at nearby. Her body was found in Martin Luther King/Riverside Park hidden under a piece of plywood.
At one of the murder scenes, police found an ice pick stuck in the side of the building with a stocking tied around it.
Putt’s last victim, in an apartment building on Bellevue, screamed as she was stabbed repeatedly and others in the building gave chase with police close behind, arresting Putt near the new and unopened section of the interstate that runs west of Bellevue.
Putt tried to force his way into another apartment nearby but the women inside kept him on the other side of the door.
The killer that panicked an entire city was a skinny utterly forgettable guy in his 20s with sideburns and glasses who appeared to have rarely roamed beyond a community of neighborhood bars, boarding houses and old apartment buildings in the Midtown and Medical Center areas.
It turns out he came to Memphis after walking away from a prison farm in Mississippi and into a Memphis that was slowly but surely changing. And the world that Putt encountered would soon vanish in large part.
Overton Square’s incarnation was about a year away. A new bridge was about to be built across the Mississippi River as part of Interstate 40 which was to go through Overton Park just south of the north-south leg of the interstate where Putt was captured.
Originally sentenced to death, Putt’s sentence was commuted when the U.S. Supreme Court banned the death penalty in the early 1970s.
He was serving a 497-year sentence when he died at the Turney Center Wednesday in Only, Tennessee.
Putt never sought parole and never gave any explanation for why he killed five people in less than a month and his apparently random selection of victims.

97. Fed Keeps Key Rates Unchanged; Foresees Fewer Hikes In 2016 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve is keeping a key interest rate unchanged in light of global pressures that risk slowing the U.S. economy.

As a result, Fed officials are forecasting that they will raise rates more gradually this year than they had envisioned in December. The officials now foresee two, rather than four, modest increases in their benchmark short-term rate during 2016.

98. ‘I’m the Steak’ Norris Carries Haslam’s Agenda, Except... -

Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris refers to himself as a “meat and potatoes” legislator. The four-term Republican senator from Collierville, a self-described policy wonk, is considering a run for governor in 2018. But if the race boils down to charisma, he says the media will have to determine if he has enough to win the top office.

99. One-Day Food Truck Fest Returns To Tiger Lane -

Midsouth Food Truck Fest organizer Stanley Perrin’s inaugural one-day event last year brought almost two dozen food trucks and some 10,000 foodies to Tiger Lane.

100. CDC Guidelines Aim to Curb Painkiller Prescribing -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Prescription painkillers should not be a first-choice for treating common ailments like back pain and arthritis, according to new federal guidelines designed to reshape how doctors prescribe drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin.